Arsenal have made contact with a Bundesliga club as they aim to step up their attempts to sign attacking reinforcements this month.
After missing out on both Felix and Mudryk, Arsenal are now having to move with more urgency and explore options further down their list.
With less than half of the transfer window left to go, Edu Gaspar is under pressure to deliver as much off the pitch as manager Mikel Arteta is managing to on it.
Step forward Moussa Diaby. The French winger, formerly of PSG, has been playing for Bayer Leverkusen for the last few years where he has excelled.
Now, according to Sky Sports, Arsenal have made contact with the German club in an attempt to start negotiations over a January move for the 23-year-old.
Leverkusen do not want to sell Diaby mid-season and had been asking for £88.5million from interested parties in the summer.
That will make any deal this month difficult, but Arsenal have been keeping an eye on this player for some time, so overpaying slightly may be something they consider. He is valued at around £43million according to transfermarkt.
Diaby has just over two years remaining on his contract, so there could be some bargaining power there. The German club will be reluctant to let him move into his final two years and Arsenal will surely appeal to the player in comparison to staying at Leverkusen, given their very mediocre season so far (currently in the bottom half).